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Slate Of Student & Career Development Events At 139th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention

Education and career fair, recording competition, SPARS mentoring sessions among highlights of events for student AES participants

The 139th AES International Convention coming up on New York in late October will have a focus on the future with a program schedule organized for students that includes workshops, tutorials, recording and design competitions, exhibitions and mentoring sessions,

The program kicks off on Thursday, October 29 with the first meeting of the AES Student Delegate Assembly, marking the official opening of the convention’s student program and offering an opportunity to make introductions to fellow audio students from many parts of the world.

The meeting will announce the finalists in the Student Recording Competition categories and the Student Design Competition, and preview all upcoming student and education-related convention events. 

On Friday, October 30, the focus will be on recording in the Student Recording Critiques and the first round of the Student Recording Competition. In the former, students will be able to bring their recordings to non-competitive listening sessions and receive feedback on their projects. Friday’s Student Recording Competition is an AES highlight, where the finalists in each category will play their projects and get feedback from a panel of industry judges. 

Saturday, October 31 offers student-centric events such as the AES 135th Education and Career Fair, which will match job seekers with companies and prospective students with undergraduate and graduate academic programs. All attendees of the convention will be welcome to offer a resume to participating company representatives. Admission is free and open to all registered convention attendees. 

The SPARS Speed Counseling with Experts – Mentoring Answers for Your Career session will give students, recent graduates and those interested in career advice the opportunity to interact with working professionals in Q & A sessions in a 20-minute speed group mentoring format. 

In the AES Student Design Competition, participants will be able to show off their hardware and software designs, from loudspeakers and DSP plug-ins to hardware, signal analysis tools, mobile applications and more. Rounding out Saturday’s programs will be another Student Recording Critiques session and round 2 of the Student Recording Competition.

Sunday, November 1 will see another Student Recording Critiques session and the second SDA meeting, where among other activities, the judges comments and awards will be presented for the Recording Competitions and Design Competitions.

“For students and young professionals, an AES Convention is the most valuable resource for connecting oneself to a successful career in the audio industry,” says John Krivit, AES president-elect and long-time AES Education Committee chair. “There is so much going on in New York City this year that difficult choices will have to be made for those who can’t be in four places at one time. This is the world of opportunity for anyone looking for a career in audio.” 

Additional information and a complete listing of student and career development events are available here.

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